Wow, I am super happy to find these little devils in my goodie bag from Nail Pro Sacramento.
Look at how long they let you make your enhancements!!!! Traditional nail forms usually end at the point of the perforation in these forms! And the guides on the foil to help with perfect product placement!!!! Can you say stiletto?
Just look how many tabs you have to secure the form to your finger. No slipping of those babies!!!!
When I first went to nail school in Canada in 1989, my course was 10 days long and cost $450.00! Yup, no licensing and I only learned acrylic nails.
All the other things I had to learn at trade shows and on my own! Licensing did come into play a bit later but then disappeared again. But, hey, that is a different blog post.
I always thought my instructor was so smart because she would make us practice acrylic liquid to powder ratio’s on a piece of paper covered in a protective clear sheet.
I have encouraged students to to the same thing, especially while sitting in school waiting for clients to come in.
I thought it was a good idea to share that you can find these on line, some are free to print as well.
This one is from a image of Tammy Taylor’s sheet that she uses to teach acrylics. Some good advice (a little bit of older terminology but you get the idea!)
Don’t sit staring at the walls while learning to do acrylic. It really is all about practice and getting a good feel for the proper amount of liquid to powder ratio. Also, how long that particular bead of acrylic will stay pliable enough for you to sculpt.
The other thing to remember when doing your own enhancements, do your pinkie on your non dominant hand first, then your other pinkie, then your ring fingers ect and move that way. It teaches you dexterity, and your brain will remember how much liquid needs to be in the brush for each fingernail size as well.
Well, after getting this nail mail, I will definitely be doing my nails. (Yes, I procrastinate about it too!)
While at HRTE Las Vegas, I saw that Amy Becker from Masterworks was using a table top dust extraction system. It interested me for two reasons.
First was that she explained she preferred this type of system where the fan is before the filter (or bag in this case). Seems to me that with the fan before the filter/bag, your fan motor would last longer. Plus you won’t have to buy filters. Just empty the bag.
I also liked the fact that it gives your customer a spot the lay their arm on while you are working on them! And that their hand will ‘dip’ down a bit so they aren’t locked into a immovable position…
It is not really loud at all, and it gets shut off after you’ve filed their nails too. White is a brilliant color for nail salons too. Nice and clean looking.
I have been following the lovely Lexi Martone since I first saw her in Nails Magazine Next Top Nail Artist.
Since then she has been through some incredible changes. Business has changed for her with the opening of her new salon,Salon Martone! Along with her sister, Bri, another seriously talented artist (hair/makeup)!
Located at 1931 Jericho Tpke, East Northport, New York, the salon opens its doors to the public March 7, 2016.
I will blog more about that at a later date.
The other exciting thing to be going on in Lexi’s world is her collaboration with Tattify. Tattify is a temporary tattoo company with some of the best designs around. They also have face jewels and nail wraps. This is where Lexi comes into the picture.
She has designed ten different styles for Tattify. Here is one of them.
I think that for people that love Lexi’s work and want to enjoy them without trying to recreate her perfectionism will LOVE these wraps.